Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.02
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date July 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dalhousie University
EN-9: Staff Professional Development and Training

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 KAREINA D'SOUZA
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution make available professional development and training opportunities in sustainability to all non-academic staff at least once per year?:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (the rate of staff participation in sustainability professional development and training)?:

Estimated percentage of regular, non-academic staff that participates annually in sustainability professional development and training:

A brief description of any internal sustainability professional development and training opportunities that the institution makes available to non-academic staff:

The Office of Sustainability runs sessions to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills leading to more sustainability-related behaviors in the workplace. Topics vary depending on request from departments (ex. sustainable procurement, waste management; Tips at work and at home)

The Dalhousie Bike Center offers educational programs in road safety and how to maintain and fix bikes. This is open to all staff and faculty.

The annual Office of Sustainability celebration provides a forum where employees are informed of sustainability projects carried out in the previous year, given updates on upcoming initiatives, and provided an opportunity for open discuss and questions.

Green Building Education: The Office of Sustainability works with Facilities Management staff and Canada Green Building Council and the local chapter to provide webinars, workshops and access to the local green building conference. Each year professional development is organized on topics such as LEED, solar PV, and other green building topics. Dalhousie this year became a gold sponsor of the Atlantic Chapter of the Canada Green Building Conference for participation as many project managers are LEED accredited professionals where annual training is supported.

A brief description of any external professional development and training opportunities in sustainability that are supported by the institution :

Employees working in the sustainability field on campus are reimbursed for training and presentation opportunities at regional, national, and international sustainability related conferences and programs. Some examples include participation in AASHE conferences, Canada Green Building Conference, various energy and sustainable building conferences and symposiums, along with a wide variety of topics such as organic agriculture, sustainable food systems, sustainable building, environmental engineering, clean tech, water, etc.

Estimated percentage of regular non-academic staff for which sustainability is included in performance reviews:

A brief description of how sustainability is included in staff performance reviews :

Office of sustainability staff have annual sustainability goals and which are reviewed each year relating to outcomes such as knowledge and awareness building, conservation, and climate goals.

Website URL where information about staff professional development and training in sustainability is available:
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